LEGAL EDUCATION IN INDIA

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June 15, 2021

Choosing the right path for ourselves can be very difficult. Only our heart and mind can guide us. For those who have chosen “Law” as their career, finding good guidance is necessary.

Imparting legal education has always been considered a noble profession. Today, legal education plays an important role in promoting social justice. A decade ago, “law” as a profession was not considered a popular choice of the students. Students used to consider law as their last choice. Those who opted for this field were considered unworthy in the eyes of parents and Indian Society. But times are changing.

With good packages and less competition, law is now being considered as a good career option even by the so-called “acche-bachche” of the Indian Society. It is apparent that legal education is trailing on the same route as Engineering and Medical. 

All about Law Schools in India:

Legal Education in India comes under the Bar Council of India (BCI), which regulates the criteria to become an advocate in India.

“You would be amazed to know that there are 900 law colleges in India”!

India has one of the largest population of lawyers in the world, only second to the USA. However, not many match up to the standards required by the changing and increasingly competitive legal industry.

Since the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) was established in 1987, we now have 22 National Law Universities in the country. They conduct the Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) to check the legal and logical aptitude of the students. Coaching institutes for law entrance exams such as Clat Possible (CP), Sriram Law Academy, Career Launcher (CL) are also popular.

All about Law Entrance exams in India:

Apart from CLAT, National Law University, Delhi conducts a separate entrance exam known as “AILET”- All India Law Entrance Test. Private law schools like JGLS (Jindal Global Law School), UPES (University of Petroleum and Energy Studies) accept Law School Admission Test (LSAT), conducted by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Some other law schools conduct their entrance tests, such as SLAT (Symbiosis Law Admission Test) by Symbiosis Law School, etc. Click here to read more about law entrance exams.

“The legal education in India is unique in its offerings by the fact that it gives you so many choices to make”.

In the 5-year integrated course, the first two years are devoted to completing the Bachelors’s and the final three for law-based subjects. It is one of the most efficient law courses in the world, where usually the norm is to complete a bachelor’s degree, then continue with the study of law. The 3-year course is offered at various universities other than the NLUs to teach exclusively law-based subjects and can be taken only after you have a Bachelors degree in any subject.

Post Law School:

Following the LLB, the option for LLM is most widely chosen to continue in the field. The entry for the 2-year course also happens with exams, such as CLAT-PG, LSAT, etc. International scholarships such as Rhodes, Chevening, etc are popular to pursue an LLM outside India as well.

The average age of a law student in LLB is usually 18-23 and LLM can be 23-35, depending on when one decides to pursue it. As such, age is never a problem to enter the field as people from diverse backgrounds pursue the same. Some colleges also have regional quotas such as GLC, Mumbai and NLSIU, Bangalore to give a push to the locals. (Yep! A national-level university needs to promote local representation).

Law can be a field that requires some money to be invested to gain quality education. Averaging a few between 1-2.5 lacs a year for both LLB and LLM, legal education can be expensive. However, a lot of scholarships are also available to fund the education for brighter students, especially for LLM courses.

A note from us:

With law, you get a deep understanding of the functioning of the legal system and a reputation in society like no other. Legal education is a major investment for India. A compact and well-equipped system will be beneficial for society and will improve the quality of legal services. We believe that legal education at law schools must be customized to the traditional and the modern requirements of the legal profession.

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